The second shot will test your mettle. Like many of the greens at Livingston, the 1st hole green slopes hard and in this case to the back right corner. Any shots with topspin will launch off the back into the collection trap. You must either hit a shot with some grab or bounce it several times in front of the green and have is simply trickle on.
Placement of your ball on the green is also critical. Depending on where the flagstick is located, you must be under the hole as the slope will carry it well past if you are putting downhill. It’s important to get a good start on the course, but it’s no gimmie. It’s birdie-able but without a precise approach shot, par is a good score on this hole.
Take an extra club because this hole is all uphill. Most golfers will bail out to the right on this hole.
The green is guarded by two bunkers to the right of the green, which will cause problems because the green slopes right-to-left and away from those bunkers making it difficult to stay on the green. Take your three and move quickly to the next hole.
Taking the aggressive route requires a straight shot of about 200 yards and the gonchos to cut it right off the edge of the woods. But be careful, the only marked hazard on this hole is the water. Hit one in the woods on either side and you will be reloading or searching for balls in the woods. The safer route will leave you with 160 yards to the green.
The green is very receptive to balls as it slopes directly toward the fairway. Do not go over this green because the rough in the back is long and you wail be chipping steeply downhill. It’s not unusual for good chips to roll right off the green. A real birdie opportunity for the golfer.
A good drive will give you a pleasant decision. Go for it or lay up? Shorter drives have a large tree to contend with directly in line with the green. You can play either side of the tree with the proper shape. But be careful, out-of-bounds is close behind the green.
The green is the difficult part of this hole. It slopes directly away from you requiring some finesse for both short and long approaches. Once again you must decide if you can hold the green or you have to bump-n-run it up, Keeping it on the green requires a good shot with many a golfer landing in another collection trap behind the green. Below the hole putts will require a good stroke to get to the hole. This hole is a par 4 for the ladies.
The green is relatively flat in comparison to the four you’ve previously played, but don’t be fooled, there is plenty of right-to-left slope on the left side of the green. An easy flag makes this your last easy hole on the front. Enjoy it while you can.
The green is a deep, narrow two-tiered with bunkers on either side of the lower tier. Lower tier flags will offer a birdie opportunity, but back placements on the upper tier are difficult. Take your par and walk to the next hole.
The seventh green at Livingston is legendary. Most of the green slopes steeply from left-to-right and feeds any rolling ball directly into a collection bunker. When they are running fast, every ball will feed off to the right of the green. A bunker to the left of the green is death. A few years ago a flatter back extension was added to this green and you’ll likely find the flag there most of the time. Take an extra club into the green because the pin will usually be located deep into the green. Par is a good score on this hole.
The green is elevated, deep and narrow with (you guessed it) a lot of slope. Bunkers guard both sides of the front of the green and red flags are the most dastardly because of the severe slope in the front of the green. Putting to back pin placements will require a solid stroke because it’s all uphill. A difficult hole to be sure!
The green slopes from right to left. Most balls hitting the green will release to the left fringe leaving an uphill chip or putt. Make sure to leave yourself below the hole on long putts or chips.
Given the length of the hole, your approach shot will be a long iron or fairway wood. Balls sprayed right or left are still in play.
The green is one of the flatter ones on the course with little slope. There is a bunker guarding the left side but the size of the green is ample and proportional to the length of the hole. Par is a good score on this hole.
11Green09_thumbThe green is protected in the front by a huge gully and deep trap. Balls coming up short (or getting caught in the trees will leave you a difficult up and down requiring a lofted shot. Right flag placements are difficult because balls on the right will probably trickle off into a shaved collection area. A challenging but fun hole.
Given a good tee shot your approach shot will be in the 170 yard range to an elevated green. The green is fairly accessible with traps long and left. There is a false front so be sure to take enough club.
The green is deceiving in it’s slope. First impression is it looks fairly flat, but putting from the wrong spot will show the good slope from back left to front-right. If you are below the hole, give it a good whack. If not the most difficult hole on the course, surely it’s shape makes it very interesting.
The green slopes away from the tee and makes keeping it on the surface difficult. Most balls end up either on the low end or behind the green. By now you are used to the slope and will put extra oomph into uphill putts. Birdies are tough to come by but a relatively easy par for straight hitters.
The green is defended by a deep bunkers all around. Players hoping to roll on their approach shot will be reaching for their sand wedge. The green is flat and plenty large for a par 5. There are numerous ways to get a birdie on this hole and anything less will be a disappointment. This hole plays as a par 4 for the Ladies.
The entire fairway slopes steeply down toward the hole so your approach shot will likely be from a downhill stance. Balls coming up short will get caught by the gully and lost forever. The green is long and narrow, so make sure you see where the flag stick is located on the green and club accordingly.
The green is two tiered with a steep slope in-between. Flags located in the front offer up a birdie opportunity by using the step as a backstop. There is a deep bunker on the left that will catch some balls. Flags located in the back make the hole more difficult. This is an easy hole if you play it smart.
Your approach shot is into the flattest green on the course. Laying up in front of the green offers a simple chip shot to the flag.
The green is virtually defenseless with only a flat shallow bunker on the back left. The lack of slope gives you a breather. The grain usually causes balls to release to the back of the green where there is a protection berm with long rough. Anything long will get caught in this berm and may result in awkward stances from deep rough. A very nice par 5.
The green slopes from front-right to back-left making shots from the right side of the hole roll through the green. There is a collection area behind the green that is no picnic and should be avoided. The holes length and slope of the green make this a formidable one. Four is a good score here. This hole is a par 5 for ladies.
The green itself is located directly in front of the clubhouse and practice area often drawing spectators watching you finish. The green is slightly elevated with long rough surrounding it. It is relatively flat and offers a real chance at a good finishing score. A good finish to a fun-filled round of golf.